Contract Space Secured
Once Blair Betts was returned to Philadelphia for failing the Canadiens physical, it was clear the Flyers had to find a way to clear up a contract space.
They achieved that today, sending minor league forward Stefan Legein and a 6th round pick in 2012 to Los Angeles for future considerations.
When Betts trade was rescinded, the team's contract limit rose to a total of 51, one more than a team is allowed to carry. However, rookie Sean Couturier's contract didn't count against the limit until he played his 11th game with the Flyers.
With coach Peter Laviolette and general manager Paul Holmgren's heavy praise of Couturier, it seemed unlikely that he would simply be moved back to the QMJHL after 10 games.
Couturier has seen valuable time on the penalty kill and even strength ice time in critical situations.
Whether or not Betts will still be around once he gets healthy remains to be seen, but Wednesday's move made it clear that Couturier will stick.
Legein was never called up by the team in his two years with the organization. He was sent down to the ECHL for two games last season.